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Assemblyman accepts per diems despite promise

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican Assemblyman who promised during his 2010 campaign to never claim any per diem payments received more than $10,000 in reimbursed living expenses last year.
  
Rep. Scott Krug of Nekoosa tells the Wisconsin State Journal he didn't intend the promise to extend beyond his first term.
  
He kept his promise in 2011 and 2012. He says in 2013 he spent a lot more time in the Capitol, meeting with lawmakers, negotiating with trade groups and running the Assembly's Children and Families Committee.
  
He says it may have been a slip to say he'd never collect a single cent of per diem money. He says his intention was to help out in a tough budget time.
  
Per diems cover food and lodging costs while legislators are doing state business in Madison.

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